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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Spain – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on July 8, 2010

Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain

From PinkNews, 5.7.10:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/07/05/gay-friendly-christian-church-to-carry-out-gay-weddings-in-spain/

The US-based Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings.

Spain legalised gay marriage in 2005 and the law gives faiths the right to carry out the ceremonies if they wish.

As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.

According to AFP, El Mundo newspaper reports that a Spanish-born lesbian couple living in Canada came to Madrid to register an MCC congregation with the justice ministry.

One of the pair, Raquel Benitez, told the paper: “We are the first (gay) church in Spain.

“There are Christian groups that want to establish some type of (gay) religious organisation but they have neither the importance nor the international support that MCC has.

“We want to fill a gap that exists, a spiritual gap for homosexuals, for transsexuals and for any person that does not have a feel for other religions.”

The MCC specifically reaches out to LGBT families and has more than 300 churches and 43,000 members around the world. It hopes to open the Madrid congregation in October.

The church, along with Quakers, Unitarians and liberal synagogues, has also declared its interest in holding religious ceremonies for gay couples in the UK.

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